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Roseanne

Season 8 Episode 6

The Fifties Show

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Nov 07, 1995 on ABC
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The Fifties Show
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The Conners find themselves going back in time in this spoof of 1950s sitcoms (shot mostly in black and white): Roseanne's a fussy hausfrau, Dan is a hapless businessman stewing over "the Anderson account," and Jackie's the wacky neighbor.

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  • An episode from the 50's, in black and white; did America really think that way back then? Egads!

    9.6
    I absolutely hate to admit it, but I remember shows like this B/W spoof that Roseanne did. Roseanne and I are the same age, so she and I actually recall those sterotypical gems like "Leave it to Beaver," "Father Knows Best" and "I Love Lucy," to name but a few. While I found this episode hilarious, and am thankful I can laugh at myself (so to speak), I was almost horrified at what ab-so-lute wishy-washy fools we all appeared to be back then! I really don't recall my childhood as being as whitebread as Roseanne depicted it in her show, but I recognized all the stereotypes: the man knowing best, mother knowing nothing but doing it all, the very dull kids, a nutty neighbor, etc. We were all, in essence, kidding ourselves. My younger friends cannot believe that we watched shows like that, or lived like that, and yet we did. Roseanne and her scriptwriters nailed it. I'm SO glad society has seemingly evolved from those "Dark Ages," except I will say one thing about shows from back then: they could be enjoyed by the entire family. Kudos to Roseanne for a stellar episode.moreless
John Goodman

John Goodman

Dan Conner

Laurie Metcalf

Laurie Metcalf

Jackie Harris

Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Conner

Lecy Goranson

Lecy Goranson

Rebecca "Becky" Conner Healy

Michael Fishman

Michael Fishman

David Jacob "D.J." Conner

Romie Talton

Romie Talton

Mose's son, Colin

Guest Star

Matthew Fishman

Matthew Fishman

Stinky Conner

Guest Star

David Tyree

David Tyree

Mose Powell

Guest Star

Glenn Quinn

Glenn Quinn

Mark Healy

Recurring Role

Johnny Galecki

Johnny Galecki

David Healy

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • (D.J. wants to play the guitar, but his dad wants him to play football.)
      Roseanne: (50's mock) Well obviously you cannot do both. That would be like me trying to raise a family and have a job at the same time. And that could never work.
      D.J.: Yeah, cuz you're a girl.

    • Jackie: Rosie, 12 people just showed up at my house, do you have a turkey I could borrow?
      Rosie: A turkey? (pulls a turkey on a platter out from under the sink) Well I just happen to have one. Bake for one hour at 350.
      Jackie: Thanks Rosie, you saved my marriage, again, and my backside. Bye-bye and buy bonds!

    • Dan: Another date? Didn't you just go out last Friday night?
      Becky: Mother, help!
      Rosie: Oh dear, please let her go out, all she has for homework is chemistry, and she's a girl so she'll never use it.

    • Rosie: (to Dan) I think, (Dan looks at her suspiciously) I mean I don't think (Dan relaxes)...I feel the Deej likes music a bit more than he likes football.

    • Roseanne: Hello, I'm Roseanne Barr Pentland Arnold Thomas, or as I like to call me, Roseanne.
      What you are about to see is the original pilot for the Roseanne show. This episode has been lost for some forty years, along with my mind. The only difference is, this episode has been found.
      Love to all my fans.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • (as leaving, outside Rosey's front door)
      Mose's son: Are things ever going to change Pop?
      Mose: Oh some day when one of us is president. It might even be you son.
      (back inside)
      Rebecca: Who were they mom?
      Rosey: Oh that's just old Mose Powell. And his son Colin.

      This is a reference to Colin Powell who was Secretary of State from 2001-05. At the time this show aired, people were speculating that Colin Powell would make a good presidential candidate, and perhaps the first African-American president.

    • As the title suggests, this episode parodies not only tv shows that were made in the 50's, but also shows that have been filmed more recently and only take place in the 50's. These include:
      Happy Days - Mark calls Dan "Mr. C"
      Leave It To Beaver - D.J. is called "The Deej"
      Laverne and Shirley - Jackie has an embroidered "J" on her shirt

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